Here are fifteen alligator facts in a pdf that you can download now and use in your classroom.
- There are two types of alligators - the American alligator and the Chinese alligator.
- The word alligator comes from the Spanish word for lizard - el laggard.
- An average American alligator is 4 metres or 13 feet long.
- An average Chinese alligator is 2 metres or 7 feet long.
- Alligators live in fresh water - rivers, swamps, ponds and wetlands.
- Alligators have heavy bodies and move slowly but they can also have short bursts of speed when hunting.
- Alligators kill small prey by swallowing them in one bite.
- They kill large prey by dragging them into the water.
- Alligators eat fish, snails, worms, birds and mammals.
- Alligators reproduce by laying eggs in a nest of leaves during Summer.
- Alligators live for approximately 50 years.
- There are only about 130 Chinese Alligators left in the wild.
- Alligators have a wide round snout and are black in color.
- All of an alligator’s top teeth can be seen when its mouth is closed.
- Alligators were around 200 million years ago, long before dinosaurs were.
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